EVS for Employability
Start date: Aug 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
With rising youth unemployment rates throughout Europe, finishing formal education no longer guaranteed a job. Many young people are looking for solutions, and the European Volunteering Service (EVS) is one of them for thousands of youth every year. But does this Service increase the employability of the volunteers? Can the quality of these projects be raised in order to make the EVS volunteers better equipped for the labor market after they return home? How can we do that?
These were the questions that the project aimed to find answers to. The project aimed to raise the quality of EVS projects with a focus on increasing the employability of EVS volunteers. For a full 10 months we involved participants from partner countries in this ambitious project, which formally started with a 9-day seminar in Örkellunga Sweden with Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Check Republic, Italy and Slovakia. Starting from the seminar we created a Youth Employability Tool Kit that is a free Open Education Resource available to all EVS organisation throughout Europe.
The project used non-formal and informal education methods and raised the capacity of the participating organizations, participants and of the local community of each organization. The participants reflected on how we could improve the sense of European Citizenship among the EVS volunteers, as well as how we caould increase their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. Even more, we explored together on how to use digital tools in our youth work with the EVS volunteers and reflected on the importance of interculturality and tolerance in this kind of projects. But all of these would not be limited to the participants and their organizations, but to a much larger audience. With the help of the tool kit and other extensive dissemination measures, the project made available the project results to thousands of organizations, young people and youth workers throughout Europe.
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